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figaro 07-08-2007 09:45 PM

Fireflies! I just love 'em!
I had never seen them before we moved here, then one night there was one the window screen and I have been hooked ever since. Tonight around 20 to 9, I looked out at our yard, and there must have been a hundred or so out there just flashing all over the place! Now they are up on the edges of the trees and they look like xmas trees with all the flashing. We even saw a owl (for the first time!) and the local bats made a appearance again, all of this from our front porch!

And the house is in a hot air balloon "air road" cause we see them every weekend going our the house, so close you can hear the fire light up to heat the air.

vaknitter 07-08-2007 09:58 PM

WOW - where did you live before that you never saw fireflies? We always have millions of them around my house - I live in the country. As a kid we used to catch them in canning jars (with holes in the lid) and put the jars in the bathroom while we took a bath and then let them go again.

My new puppy Daisy is particularly fond of them too, although she is slow to remember they don't taste nearly as good :ick: as a puppy would think. She used to jump in the air after them until one night she jumped about 4 ft (no I am not exaggerating) and came down wrong on her foot. After a few days limping she learned not to jump that high just for a firefly.

figaro 07-08-2007 10:01 PM

I was born and raised in northern California up by the Oregon border. I guess they are not really found west of Kansas.

angel4ever 07-08-2007 10:03 PM

I like fireflies
Even though I grew up in an urban area (Jersey City, NJ), one of my few fond memories of summer as a child was catching fireflies in a bottle. We would catch them just to watch them light up, then let them go and try to catch another.

It had been a while since I had seen a firefly (at least ten years), but just the other night when I came in from a walk, I saw about five or six of them in the front of my condo complex near the trees. It brought a smile to my face because I thought back to one of the few fond memories I had. It's amazing what can bring a smile to your face isn't it? :wink: :angelgrin:

jeanius80 07-08-2007 10:14 PM

i've never seen them either. grew up all over (navy brat) and then lived in So Cal, and now Western WA. kinda sad about it lol

Braden 07-08-2007 10:30 PM

I really like them, we always have millions around my house this time of year.

willowangel 07-09-2007 04:12 AM

I wish we had fireflies :-( We have midges instead, woo....

mwedzi 07-09-2007 09:48 AM

Yeah, they are still exotic to me, too. I'm from southern CA and the climate is not one for fireflies. Mostly this is a relief as it's not one for humidity-loving bugs in general, but fireflies are cool. I guess it's not a bad tradeoff for not having mosquitos.

suzeeq 07-09-2007 10:28 AM

Yeah, the West in general doesn't have fireflies; I guess it's too dry for them. I saw them for the first time when I lived in MI for 3 years. They're pretty cool!

cftwo 07-09-2007 10:47 AM

Some friends just moved to Idaho and mentioned that they don't have fireflies - I have a hard time imagining it, since they've been around wherever I've lived. One of my frieneds and I agreed they were much prettier to watch than the fireworks.

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